General Contractor Services
The right general contractor will save time and money.
Peachtree Builders, Inc. is committed to the success of all projects, with an outcome-driven and client-centered focus that will ensure reasonable project outcome by bringing a high level of success in overall quality, scheduling, and cost of the project. We know the laws and codes and will organize subcontractors and negotiate competitive pricing. With our highly organized and detailed approach, we will save you time and money and avoid costly mistakes. You will receive multiple updates during the project that reflect labor time and cost, material cost, and clear communication on hidden issues that may arise once project is started
We offer a unique team of professionals tailored to each project. With our expansive relationships with subcontractors, architects, engineers, craftsman, and skilled laborers, we can create a team to bring your project to completion on time and on budget.
Here are a few things to consider when hiring a General Contractor.
According to all experts who offer advice about hiring a contractor, the most important issue should be proof of insurance.
- INSURANCE: Peachtree Builders Inc maintains proper insurance coverage for our team as well as subcontractors and our clients to ensure that an accident or other event doesn't’t jeopardize the completion of the project. We carry Workman's Comp, General Liability, and Builders Risk.
Workman's Comp is critical. If an injury takes place on your property and the contractor DOES NOT have Workman's Comp Insurance, YOU ARE LIABILE for the medical bills for the person's injury or even compensation for any disability caused resulting from the injury.
General Liability. This is a blanket policy. Limits vary according to the scope of the project, as a rule a minimum policy is $1,000,000 and goes up from there. Peachtree carries $2,000,000 in liability insurance.
Builders Risk Insurance. This Insurance cover loss of tools, material, and the new structure as it is built. Most homeowners' insurance is for the existing structure without the improvements. If the structure is destroyed during the construction phase, the costs of the work already performed are covered by this insurance.
- FINANCIAL STABILITY: We have all heard the horror stories of a contractor just walking off a job site never to return, with no way to contact them. You try to recover your loss, only to find out they have no assets, and you are left with a mess.
Peachtree Builders Inc has several years in the business and a history of financial stability. We maintain good relationships and have thorough, proper business practices with all team members, including banks, suppliers, and subcontractors. We strive for excellence in fiscal responsibility and believe in good stewardship of our financial recourses as well our clients and the rest of the team. We encourage you to check our references and view our work as illustrated in the pages of our website.
- PROCESSES AND PROCEDURES: Peachtree Builders, Inc. understands that the way we operate our business has a direct impact on you. We let you know what to expect from us and what we expect from you. We will give you a detailed contract that outlines exactly what is included and what is excluded. We don´t ask for large deposits for mobilization cost (cost to start the project). Our up-front cost is usually 10% to 25%, depending on the size of the job. We keep copies of our subcontractors´ licenses and monitor them to make sure they stay current. We help avoid future legal issues by having our subcontractors sign contracts defining materials, scope, and payment schedules. Our project managers and site supervisors have mobile devices for quick and easy communication and visit the job site often and regularly. We maintain constant executive oversight on all projects, and, if an issue arises (which it will on every renovation project because of hidden previous construction and new codes), we utilize well-developed systems and critical thinking problem-solving skills to offer a proactive approach to bring effective solutions and to build consensus with all team members to keep the project moving forward. Our whole team is available if more information is needed.
- PERSONALITY: Do you feel comfortable with talking with your prospective contractor? Ask tough questions, and get a feel for how your questions are answered. If you get a feeling that the potential contractor is not open to talking about tough issues before you get started, you can be assured that it will be worse when you are deep into the project and you have concerns or complaints. Your General contractor is supposed to be your eyes and ears on the job site. Quality control is established by the general contractor; if he or she lets things go, and then covers up mistakes before you can see them, how do you know if the project was done right? We believe that the contractor must look out for your interests. We believe that you are part of our team.
Tips on verifying whether a general contractor is reputable:
Once you have narrowed down your bids to the final 2 or have made your choice, and if the project is a major investment for you and you just need to feel assured that you have made the right choice, here are a few tips:
Check references., This is important, but no prospective contractor will give you references from previous clients that had negative things to say. So, you need to dig deeper.
Check Vendors. Call or stop by local lumber yards like LaValley (Lebanon, NH). Talk with the yard and see if they buy quality materials or if, instead, they opt to maximize their own profits. Check with their billing department to see if they pay their bills on time.
Ask for financial references – e.g. from their bank and insurance company.
Go to their current job site to see if they are neat and clean, and how they work together.
Ask how many other projects will be going on at the same time they will be working on yours.
And, finally, ask if the size and scope of your project is something they normally do. Surprisingly, it is most crucial to ask this if you have a small project. If another, larger, project comes along while the contractor is on your job site, this is the most common reason he or she may pull out (to get the other, more lucrative, job going).
Once your have selected your contractor, GET THE BID IN WRITING.
You have a bid, but that is not a contract. The contract should spell out the payment plan, the time frame, what is covered, and WHAT IS NOT COVERED by the bid.
If they want more that 25% down, find out why. This should be a red flag! Most financially sound contractors have an account with building suppliers that gives them at least 30 days to pay for materials. This should be more than enough time to get them installed, and your next payments should cover them or the project would be finished and you have paid in full, so they are paid.
Once the project is started remember every time you say "by the way can you also do ..." the cost just went up. If you want to change or add something ask if will add to the cost and by how much.
Okay... Lets get started! Contact us to see why Peachtree Builders may be the right choice for your project.